Safeguarding Children and Young Adults.
Rainbow is determined to ensure every child, (a child is defined as anyone who has not yet reached their 18th birthday) who attends our setting is safe and protected from harm. This means we will always work to:
- protecting children from maltreatment;
- preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
- ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
- take action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
The link below gives some guidance on the statutory requirement placed on agencies who have interactions with children and young adults.
The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
Every child deserves the best possible start in life and support to for fill their potential. A child’s experience in the early years has a major impact on their life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important, and it provides the foundation for children to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up. When parents choose to use early years services they want to know that provision will keep their children safe and help them to thrive. The Early Years Foundation Stage (E.Y.F.S) is the frame work that provides that assurance.
The overarching aim of the EYFS is to help young children achieve the five Every Child Matters outcomes of staying safe, being healthy, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution and achieving economic well-being by:
- Setting the standards for the learning, development and care young children should experience when they are attending a setting outside their family home, ensuring that every child makes progress and that no child gets behind.
- Providing for equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice and ensuring that every child is included and not disadvantaged because of ethnicity, culture or religion, home language, family background, learning difficulties, gender or ability.
- Creating the framework for partnership working between parents and professionals, and between all the settings that the child attends.
- Improving quality and consistency in the early year’s sector through a universal set of standards which apply to all settings; ending the distinction between care and learning in the existing frameworks and providing the basis for the inspection and regulation regime.